Internet


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There has always been the age old question of whether art reflects reality or reality creates art.

In a recent project of mine, I explored various artists’ interpretations of future technology. I was curious to see if the future projected through the art was a byproduct of our pre-existing societal influence, or rather a prototype by which we may soon follow.

To do this, I searched the internet for images that claimed to present a future technology, and compared societal influences with them.

To see the images, as well as some of my notes, visit my Flickr account slide show, Art of Innovation.

If you have found similar photos, or have interpretations of your own, please comment. I would love to hear your feedback.

And remember: Just because an artist predicts something about the future, doesn’t necessarily mean its going to happen…

(a flashback to 1985’s flash forward to 2015)

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I’ll admit I am an impulse buyer. In fact, my favorite part about shopping is the checkout lines which are filled with items that I didn’t think to pick up before, and yet now I can’t live without. So needless to say, I am not a coupon clipper.

However, I am not one to turn away a good deal either. I mean, if I see a discount that might be useful in the near future I may stick it in my wallet for safe keeping. The only problem is that I usually forget to actually use the coupon when I purchase the item.

images.jpgThus a website has swooped into the internet world to save my poor soul (or at least my poor wallet).

RetailMeNot.com is a host to thousands of valid coupon codes, ready for any shopper to redeem. Whether you are hankering for late night Papa John’s or searching for a Victoria’s Secret item for that special someone, RetailMeNot will have your back, ensuring you the best bargain.

To use it, simply type in the url of the merchant’s website to search for available coupons on the site. Immediately (well, depending on your internet speed) dozens of discount codes will be available at the click of a mouse. Just select the code that is relevant to your your purchase and receive deals on all of your necessities.

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But wait, there’s more!

  • Users can report on posted discounts and review their success rates with the product, thus ensuring a true value and not an advertising scam.
  • The website is designed for quick in and out access, not to trap you into gimmicks and confusing promotions.
  • Mozilla Firefox and other adopters are available for the service. A Firefox believer, I installed the extension which allows a pop-up at the top of my screen to inform me of discounts associated with the merchant’s page I am viewing.
  • Over 35,000 coupons are available on the site at this moment, and they are vastly expanding.
  • A tutorial video is available for more information:

And Remember: Not all coupons are worth the hassle…

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Wish you could have a penny for every time you searched on the internet?

Well too bad, you can’t.

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However your favorite charity could recieve the benefites instead.

GoodSearch introduces a break through concept, utilizing advertising money invested in internet browsing and distributing to qualifying charities.

The process is simple and user friendly. Anyone wanting to benefit the charity of their choice can simply visit GoodSearch for their next internet search. Upon opening the page you will be prompted to enter your charity’s name, and once verified as a registered charity, you simply run a search as usual.

For every search ran, a penny is donated to your selected organization.

For most, a penny is chump change, but according to an article ran in O magazine (because I am too lazy to do the math myself):

“If 1,000 people with the same charity search twice a day for a year, the charity earns $7,300.”

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Think of all the Wii (s)? you could buy with that kind of money, but then realize that the charity may be a bit more responsible with spending. Thus, each penny can go a long way.

As for me, I have been a proud user of GoodSearch for a whole 48 hours. In this time I have raised $1.20 (for those who do the math that means I have searched 120 times, divide that by the hours I have been utilizing this product and you may realize I have no life).

I figure I can do 10 dollars per month easily, totaling a respectable $120.00 per year (proceeds to Ark of Cleveland). Not including the proceeds from any converts I might add to the system along the way.

The best part? You are doing nothing outside of your daily routine. Just homepage this search engine and do what comes natural.

A revolutionary idea, if you dare to get involved.

And remember: You can list or register ANY charity you support… even EDDMU…

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Eradication of Dastardly Devious Mimes United

Ok, so this one’s not real… yet.

(Note: In writing this blog I have raised 10 cents more)